Dr. Moninder Singh Modgil

Dr. Moninder Singh Modgil gave this talk during his visit to QGR on November 16, 2017.

Karl Popper accedes that changes in knowledge occur gradually, but being an evolutionist, he feels that the changes began billions of years ago, many of which are embedded in the structure of our sense organs and brains – and that this series of changes in knowledge will continue indefinitely. When one combines Popper’s concept of gradual change in human knowledge with Poincare’s concept of the result of a series of changes being a cycle, one is lead to epistemology in cyclic time. As human knowledge arises by observation and interpretation, a function of mind and intellect – the driving force behind cyclic change in human knowledge – must be cyclic changes in perspicuity and purity of human mind and intellect, as well as an ontology augmented with scientific instruments. While the changes in knowledge are accompanied by changes in brain, the quantum mechanical brain states themselves would get frozen if monitored at sufficiently small space-time intervals – the Neuro-biological Quantum Zeno Effect – whose experience would be like that of a yogic trance state.